80s Song of the Day: Our House by Madness

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The picture sleeve for the UK 7″ release of Our House.

Our House by Madness was released November 12, 1982. The UK release featured Walking with Mr. Wheeze as the B side, while the US release had Cardiac Arrest on the B side. It was the lead single from the band’s fourth studio album The Rise and Fall.

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The picture sleeve for the US 7″ release.

The song peaked at No. 5 on the UK Singles chart. It was the band’s biggest hit in the United States, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 1oo.

Although sometimes regarded as a one-hit wonder in the United States because of the enormous popularity of Our House, Madness released several successful singles in their native UK in the 1970s and 1980s.

Part of the song’s success in the US was owed to the popularity of its music vide on MTV. Watch the song’s music video here.

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